Rethink the world of human nutrition
The concept of Immunonutrition
Nutrients to modulate the immune System
Modern dietary habits are main causative factors for many non-transmissible chronic diseases (such as allergy, autoimmunity, obesity, cardiovascular diseases and cancer), and could facilitate the occurrence of infectious diseases. Just as particular nutrients make us sick, proper nutrition is one of the most effective and least costly ways to decrease the burden of numerous diseases and associated co-morbidities modulating the immune response.
The potential to modulate the activity of the immune system by interventions with specific nutrients is termed “Immunonutrition”. This concept may be applied to any situation in which nutrients are used to modulate the immune system functions.
The research activities of ImmunoNutritionLab are strictly connected to the activities of:
The Food Allergy Comprehensive Education, Treatment and Support Program at the University Federico II of Naples, one of the largest provider of pediatric allergy services in Italy. The Program is designed to treat all aspects of food allergies, including medical, dietary, social and psychological concerns, The team is made up of many different types of care professionals, each with a unique role in treating, educating and supporting the patients and their families, including: pediatricians, allergists, dieticians, social workers, nurses, psychologists, neuropsychiatrists, and allergy technicians. The Program has been accredited as the Reference Center for Pediatric Allergy by the Italian Society of Allergy and Pediatric Immunology (SIAIP).The Task Force on Microbiome Studies, a collective and multidisciplinary microbiome initiative bringing together facilities from 14 different Departments and expertise from more than 100 staff scientists spanning soil/plant/food/human microbiome, and including chemistry, engineering and social sciences at the University Federico II of Naples, Italy.